The first-year dossier is a powerful tool, both for you and for your faculty adviser. The dossier will prompt you to:
- Tell us your current thoughts about your academic interests and plans.
- Enter information about AP or IB exams (if you took them).
- Complete relevant Northwestern placement exams.
Based on the information you provide about your scores, the dossier will suggest classes that would make logical starting points for continued study in those areas. You will be asked to choose a preliminary fall schedule, which you and your freshman adviser will discuss.
Your dossier will be available beginning June 1 and must be complete by August 1 so that your first-year adviser may use it to guide you in the weeks before you arrive on campus and in the months that follow. You will be asked to revisit your dossier at the end of your first year to assess the ways your plans have changed or solidified and to set goals for your remaining time at Northwestern.